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by Herbie J Pilato
Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host of the TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime and the author of several pop-culture/media tie-in books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for over 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE.
Glad you asked because the Guild has a wonderful answer in Writers Connect, a short newsletter members get every week. (See? Another good reason to bust your butt to qualify and join.)
Five things to do in your next virtual pitch meeting.
As if the prospect of pitching wasn’t daunting already, writers now have to do it through the impersonal, virtual workplace that is the Zoom room. The subtle and stressful art of pitching is not made easier when you can’t read the room, make eye contact, or tell if the people in the tiny squares on your computer screen are laughing—or even paying attention.
Luckily, the Guild organized a panel on virtual pitching last week, “Pitch Perfect: Best Practices For Virtual Pitching.” Read more >>
Ask a Mentor: To Staff or Not to Staff
WGAW member Terri Kopp on staffing first vs. selling first.
Should an early career TV writer skip staffing to try to sell their own show? WGAW member Terri Kopp (The Chi, In Contempt) has an answer.
Do you have questions about the craft, job hunting, your career, or Guild service? Email them (under 100 words, please) to Connect, and we’ll send them to an established screen or TV writer to answer. Questions might be edited for space or clarity and will be published anonymously.
Question: “As an aspiring TV writer, should I skip over staffing and go straight to selling my own show?” Read more >>
Written By Spring/Summer 2020 Issue
Pens up, rooms down—a global pandemic means three things: traditional production is shut down, writers are shut in, and coping mechanisms get a shout-out. Only in the new Spring/Summer issue of Written By. In addition, hear from Gentefied co-creators Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez; Little Fires Everywhere writers and showrunner Liz Tigelaar; Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner on the 20th anniversary of American Psycho; the late F.X. Feeney as he analyzes Lolita; the Writers with Disabilities Committee on the work we must all do to increase representation for people with disabilities in the writers’ room and on screen; WGAW members on Humanitas; and film historian Ed Rampell on what we still need to learn from the Hollywood blacklist, 70 years later. Read more>>